The Simoqin Prophecies is a fantasy novel in English written by Indian author Samit Basu, and is the first novel in the GameWorld trilogy. It has also been published in Swedish, German and Spanish Other novels in the Gameworld Trilogy are The Manticore’s Secret and The Unwaba Revelations.
The Prophecies foretell the reawakening of the terrible rakshas, Danh-Gem, and the arrival of a hero to face him. But heroes do not appear magically out of nowhere; they have to be found and trained. And sometimes the makers of prophecies don’t know everything they need to know…
As the day of Danh-Gem’s rising draws closer and the chosen hero is sent on a quest, another young man learns of terrible things he must do in secret and the difficult choices he must make in order to save the world from the rakshas.
Written with consummate ease and brimming with wit and allusion, it is at once classic sff and subtle spoof, featuring scantily clad centauresses, flying carpets, pink trolls, belly dancers and homicidal rabbits. Monty Python meets the Ramayana, Alice in Wonderland meets The Lord of the Rings and Robin Hood meets The Arabian Nights in this novel a breathtaking ride through a world peopled by different races and cultures from mythology and history.
The Simoqin Prophecies was a national bestseller for six months in India when it released in 2003 and marked the beginning of Indian fantasy writing in English. Still a cult favourite, now also available in audiobook form narrated by Game of Thrones actor Ramon Tikaram, The Simoqin Prophecies has also been optioned by a Hollywood producer to be adapted into a streaming show.